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Winter Academic Term 2003 Graduate Course Guide

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Courses in Communication Studies


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Winter Academic Term, 2003 (January 6 - April 25)

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COMM 441. Independent Reading.

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Prerequisites: Permission of department. COMM 441 and 442 may be repeated for a combined total of eight credits. (3-4). Offered mandatory credit/no credit. A maximum of three credits of COMM 441 and 442 may be included in a communications studies concentration. (INDEPENDENT). May be elected twice for credit.

Credits: (3-4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Intended for individualized instruction in subject areas not covered by scheduled courses. Must be arranged with a faculty member.

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COMM 442. Independent Research.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Permission of department. COMM 441 and 442 may be repeated for a combined total of eight credits. (3-4). Offered mandatory credit/no credit. A maximum of three credits of COMM 441 and 442 may be included in a communications studies concentration. (INDEPENDENT). May be elected twice for credit.

Credits: (3-4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Intended for original, individualized student research under the direction of a faculty supervisor. Must be arranged with the faculty member.

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COMM 454. Media Economics.

Section 001 Communication Studies concentrators only. Meets w/ 454.002.

Instructor(s): Zhaoxu Yan (zyan@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: COMM 351 or 371 strongly recommended. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/winter/comm/454/001.nsf

See Communication Studies 454.002.

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COMM 454. Media Economics.

Section 002 Meets with Comm. 454.001

Instructor(s): Zhaoxu Yan (zyan@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: COMM 351 or 371 strongly recommended. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/winter/comm/454/001.nsf

This course introduces students to a range of economic principles and concepts used in explaining the market structure, behavior, and performance of mass media industries.

The course is organized around a selective list of media industries - newspaper, film and home video, broadcast television, cable television, and the Internet. Within each industry, we study relevant economic models and examine how consumer demand, technology, and government policies interact to affect market structure and industry behavior. Finally, we will discuss the economic, technological, and political forces changing the industry.

After completing this course, students will become acquainted with the various economic models applicable to the media industries. In addition, students will be able to apply basic economic concepts and analytical tools to explain media industry behaviors, evaluate business strategies of media firms, and assess the merits of public policies toward the media industries.

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COMM 699. First-Year Research Project.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Graduate standing, Instructor permission. (3). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Students are required to begin a research project during their first year with the goal of completing it by the end of the fall term their second year. The project must be written up in the form of an article suitable for submission to a journal although publications is not an explicit part of the requirement. During the second year, the student will present the results of the project to the program proseminar.

First-year students are assigned an initial advisor with whom to work. The first-year project may be conducted collaboratively with that faculty member and such collaborative research is strongly encouraged. However, students may conduct more independent projects or collaborate with other faculty members if they wish.
Students will begin discussing the First-Year Research Project with their advisor in the fall term of their first year. They will register for the First-Year Research Project (CS 699) with the faculty member with whom they are collaborating during both the winter academic term of their first year and the fall academic term of their second year.

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COMM 773. Media Culture and Society.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Derek W Vaillant (dvail@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/winter/comm/773/001.nsf

This course provides graduate students with an introduction to the various theoretical approaches to conceptualizing the power and effects of the mass media that have emerged since the 1920s. The course covers both "American" and "European" approaches to studying media content and effects and considers the strengths and weaknesses of both traditions. We will begin with the stimulus-response notions of media effects that emerged in the 1920s and review how this model was refined, overhauled, and repudiated during the 1930s and 1940s, especially by Paul Lazarsfeld, Robert Merton, Herta Herzog, and others. We will also study the Frankfurt School, the writings of Antonio Gramsci, and their subsequent influence on media studies in the 1970s and later. The course will move to the present by considering recent work in Cultural Studies that examines media power and effects. Special attention will be paid to how various scholars have applied a range of theories to their own content analyses and readings of television, advertising, film, and popular music.

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COMM 783. Research Methods II.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Nicholas A Valentino (nvalenti@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This seminar is the second part of the two-part research methods and design series. Together, the courses are designed to provide students with an introduction to the logic and techniques of social scientific research in mass communication in its varied and multiple manifestations. The seminar will address: (a) methods of framing research questions in communication and (b) techniques of gathering and interpreting observations (both qualitative and quantitative) in an effort to answer a wide range of research questions. Moreover, this course aims at enabling students to evaluate critically the validity of communication research findings and conclusions. In completing this two-part seminar, it is expected that the students will acquire an adequate background in communication research methodology to pursue their own ideas, if they choose, from initial conceptualization of the research question to the final conclusions.

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COMM 799. Directed Study.

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Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (1-3). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Designed for individual students who have an interest in a specific topic (usually that has stemmed from a previous course). An individual instructor must agree to direct such a reading, and the requirements are specified when approval is granted.

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COMM 810. Seminar in Communication.

Section 001 Topic? Course begins February 4. [2 credits]. [Drop/Add deadline=February 17].

Instructor(s): Brian Kahin

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (2-4). May be elected up to five times for credit.

Mini/short course

Credits: (2-4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This seminar will look at how the changing nature of information and knowledge affects institutional and public policies for dissemination and control of them. It will examine the role of technological change, including digitization and the Internet; effects on business and social behavior as second-order phenomena; and political context. We will focus on the university as a complex, evolved institution deeply interested in internally generated knowledge, knowledge generated within other institutions, and public laws and policies concerning the availability and use of knowledge. We will examine the implications of technology-enabled change for the university's traditional functions and policies and ask whether and how they should be reasserted.

The seminar will meet in 2038 Frieze on Tuesdays from 3 to 5 p.m., starting on February 4. Students wishing to enroll after Jan. 24th should contact the Communication Studies Department.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: Students wishing to enroll after Jan. 24th should contact the Communication Studies Department.

COMM 900. Preliminary Examination Preparation.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Pre-doctoral standing. Permission of instructor required. (1-6). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-6).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

When all course requirements have been met and the First Year Research Project has been satisfactorily completed, the student may begin preparation for the three preliminary written examinations. Students can register for an individual study course, CS 900: Preliminary Examination Preparation, for up to six credit hours. This course is taken under the supervision of the faculty advisor and is meant to give the student an opportunity to review the readings that will be covered on the exams. Students are expected to complete their preliminary exams by the end of their third year. NOTE: Students must be registered during the term they take a preliminary exam. If an exam is completed while a student is not registered, the graduate school will NOT advance the student to candidacy.

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COMM 990. Dissertation/Precandidate.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. Election for dissertation work by doctoral student not yet admitted as a Candidate. (1-8). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-8; 1-4 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Election for dissertation work by doctoral student not yet admitted as a Candidate.

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COMM 993. Graduate Student Instructor Training Program.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Michael W Traugott (mtrau@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (1). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

A seminar for all beginning graduate student instructors, consisting of a two day orientation before the term starts and periodic workshops/meetings during the Winter Academic Term. Beginning graduate student instructors are required to register for this class.

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COMM 995. Dissertation/Candidate.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. Graduate School authorization for admission as a doctoral Candidate. (8). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (8; 4 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Graduate School authorization for admission as a doctoral Candidate. N.B. The defense of the dissertation (the final oral examination) must be held under a full term Candidacy enrollment period.

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